Collins optimistic Congress will reach immigration deal

Collins optimistic Congress will reach immigration deal
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Crunch time for bipartisan plan; first Jan. 6 hearing today MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said she’s optimistic Congress will reach a deal on immigration reform, despite initial opposition to President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s proposed framework for such legislation. 

“I give the president credit for putting it in writing and saying this is what he wants to see happen, despite the criticisms. There’s going to be criticism on both sides no matter what we come up with,” Collins said on CBS's “Face The Nation.”

Trump’s one-page framework calls for granting a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants in exchange for tens of billions of dollars for his border wall and other policies that would dramatically restrict legal immigration.

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The plan ran into immediate opposition from many Democrats, however, and even some Republicans.

Collins said it’s helpful to know the main pillars the administration is looking for in a deal, but noted that protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and strengthening border security are the most pressing issues. 

Collins said a bipartisan group of senators that negotiated on immigration during the government shutdown hopes to influence legislation, but the whips in each chamber will largely handle upcoming talks.

“We’ll see what they come up with,” Collins said, adding she’s optimistic the two houses and parties will reach a deal.